TAIWANESE BASIL CHICKEN

TAIWANESE BASIL CHICKEN

It happens from time to time that after I eat something, I wonder just how is that dish made. Last month, I got to sample a basil chicken dish from a restaurant I reviewed called Chulicious. The rich, layered flavors of the chicken thighs marinated in sauce coupled with the aromatic herbs really had me unable to stop eating the dish. I remember between both my parents and I, we finished that entire take-out box of the basil chicken that night. This dish was one of those instances that ended up fueling my culinary curiosity and I delved right into some research. So, without further ado, here’s how things turned out. Continue reading

CHULICIOUS

CHULICIOUS

It was about a year ago that I was visiting my friend Jason, who was living up in Mount Laurel at the time, when we drove by a shopping plaza and I spotted a new sign getting hung up. We swung into the plaza to take a closer look and there it was, in big letters: CHULICIOUS (stylized as CHUlicious). Ever since then, my friends have always told me I had to go back to review the place just because of the namesake. And so, during my drive up to central NJ this time around, I made a quick detour to stop by and check the place out. Continue reading

PARKER’S BARBECUE

PARKER’S BARBECUE

From the look on the outside, Parker’s gives off the impression of a “no-frills barbecue joint.” It’s a very plain looking building on the outside and the inside has wood paneling up on the walls and accordian-style room dividers. This was my first experience with authentic Carolina-style barbecue, where spices and vinegar are predominantly used during the smoking of meats and no barbecue sauce additives are needed. I went with the barbecue pork dinner plate, which came with pulled pork, boiled potatoes, Brunswick stew, and corn sticks. Continue reading

BISTRO BIS

BISTRO BIS

This was my second experience with French food, with the first time a few years ago not going as well. I’m glad to say that Bistro Bis restored an appreciation for French food from the quality of the dishes I tried as well as the elegant presentation that French food is known for. I’m not always in the mood to go out for French food, but now I know a spot in the Capitol Hill neighborhood if I am. Continue reading